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NO-BAKE COTTAGE CHEESE DESSERT

VIV MOON

A CHEESECAKE WITH A COTTAGE TWIST.

A FEW years ago when we were running tag-along trips in Southern Africa and catering for our clients, we tried this simple dessert I came across over there. It was easy to make (it takes a lot less effort if you have an electric hand beater) and everyone really enjoyed it – kind of like a light cheesecake, as the cottage cheese makes for a creamier texture.

INGREDIENTS

Makes: 6-8 servings

385g can sweetened condensed milk ½ cup lemon juice (bottle is fine, but fresh is better) Zest of at least one lemon – optional, but it will add much more lemon zing. 1 cup smooth cottage cheese (or creamed cottage cheese) 1 cup cream – whipped 1 tbsp gelatine – dissolved in ½ cup boiling water

DIRECTIONS

Prep Time: 15 minutes (if using a prebaked pie base) Setting Time: best made at least 12 hours before consumption (leaving overnight is ideal) consumption (leaving overnight is ideal) • Mix ingredients together and beat until smooth. If you are having trouble getting the smaller lumps of the cheese out, press the cheese mixture through a sieve, then beat again until smooth. • Spoon onto your preferred base and refrigerate until set (will take a few hours).

To serve, here are a few ideas for the base:

• Make a biscuit crumb base and fill with the topping. • Decorate with fruit. • Crush some biscuits (chocolate, butternut, etc.) into the bottom of individual small bowls/cups and top with the filling. • Use a ready-baked pie shell and fill with the cheese mixture. Top with some toasted coconut and, if you want to be really decadent, some shaved white chocolate.

VIV’S HINTS

• Try using some lemon-flavoured jelly crystals for more flavour. You could probably replace the cottage cheese with cream cheese, but no one will ever know you’ve used cottage cheese in this recipe. • If you ever see one of those old-fashioned hand-winding beaters, then buy one and keep it in your camp kitchen kit. They still work really well and are very handy. • If you make this at home, put the cottage cheese in a food processor and blend until smooth before mixing with other ingredients.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER IDEAS ON HOW USE COTTAGE CHEESE

• Puree the cottage cheese with coconut, honey and vanilla essence to make a delicious spread. • Mix it in with your pancake batter. • Incorporate it into your smoothies. • Combine with salmon, capers and dill for a great topping on savoury biscuits. • Substitute it with a little skim milk to make buttermilk. • Combine with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for a light pasta bake sauce.

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH

For an endless variety of recipes using cottage cheese, visit: au.pinterest.com/explore/cottage-cheese-recipes